Florida education news: Teacher evaluations, graduation rates, unfunded mandates and more
LIFE ON ONE WHEEL: Oldsmar Elementary School's principal starts a unicycle craze among students. (Times photo, Douglas Clifford)
DISSATISFIED: A number of Hillsborough teachers have mounting complaints about the district's new evaluation system.
GETTING THROUGH: Pasco County high schools see their graduation rates rise without huge gaps among demographic groups.
FIGURING IT OUT: Palm Beach educators pore over their graduation rate data to determine where improvements are needed, the Palm Beach Post reports.
ON DEFENSE: Three Orange County charter high schools begin to defend themselves as they expect F grades from the state, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
GIVE US A BREAK: Florida superintendents urge lawmakers to keep new education mandates to a minimum in the upcoming session, the Fort Myers News-Press reports.
LEARNING ENGLISH: Collier schools find success with a newly adopted model of teaching English as a second language, the Naples Daily News reports.
UNDERCOVER: An officer infiltrates Palm Beach high schools to root out drugs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
OPINIONS: Pasco's investigation of whether to adopt a four-day school week must answer some serious questions, columnist C.T. Bowen writes. • Florida needs to settle on a single clear definition of what makes a high school graduate, the Times editorializes. • FAMU leaders should finally accept they have problems and cooperate with efforts to repair them, the Times editorializes. • The Florida Board of Education should go slow in its effort to increase FCAT cut scores, the Orlando Sentinel editorializes. • Florida lawmakers scammed Floridians by pushing through teacher merit pay laws with no intention to pay, the Palm Beach Post editorializes. • Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to add $1 billion back into education isn't enough, the Bradenton Herald editorializes.